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Panel Examines Federal-State Conflict Over New Marijuana Laws

Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Since November, the federal government's response to voter-approved laws in Colorado and Washington that legalized marijuana has been mixed.

While President Obama has indicated that enforcing anti-marijuana laws is a low priority for his administration, the federal government continues to prosecute drug providers in states where medicinal use of marijuana is legal. For example, a California man who ran medical marijuana dispensaries outside of Los Angeles received a 10-year-to-life sentence for conspiring to manufacture and distribute the drug.

The Brookings Institution and the Washington Office on Latin America host a panel discussion on the implications of legalizing marijuana. The panelists will examine how the conflict between the federal government and the states might be resolved and consider the international repercussions of the state laws on the so-called "War on Drugs."

Panelists include: Michael Greve, professor at George Mason University School of Law; Angela Hawken, associate professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University; and Troy Eid, lawyer and former U.S.Attorney, District of Colorado (2006-2009). Jonathan Rauch, a Brookings guest scholar, moderates the discussion.

Updated: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:36pm (ET)

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